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Iraqi-Kurdish Teachers Vow to Continue Protest
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Sixteen people were injured when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse teachers and other public employees who took to the streets in Iraq’s Kurdish north, demanding their salaries from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). VOA’s Dilshad Anwar, in Sulaimaniya, caught up with protesting teachers who say they have not been paid for three months. Parke Brewer narrates his report. (Full Story)
ILO: Youth Unemployment Highest in Middle East, North Africa
Thursday, October 8, 2015
A new report by the International Labor Organization finds a slight drop in the global youth unemployment rate.  But, despite a few welcome signs of improvement, the ILO warns the youth jobless crisis remains acute and is far from over. The report finds a mild recovery in the job market for young people ages 15 to 24.  It says the global unemployment rate stabilized at 13 percent in the 2012-2014 period covered.  However, it adds this is still well above the pre-crisis... (Full Story)
Belarus' Veteran Leader Poised for Re-election, Eyes Better Ties With West
Thursday, October 8, 2015
President Alexander Lukashenko, in power for 21 years, is virtually certain to win a fifth term in office on Sunday in an election observers say is unlikely to see the kind of violent mass protests that marred the 2010 poll. The West has long ostracized Lukashenko, a feisty, heavily built former state farm manager, over his human rights record and his clampdown on political dissent and has imposed economic sanctions on some Belarussian officials and companies. But Lukashenko's... (Full Story)
Ancient African DNA Shows Mass Migration Back Into Africa
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The first genetic analysis of ancient human remains in Africa suggests a massive migration from the north around the time of the Egyptian empire, once only suspected. Africa is considered the cradle of human genetic diversity, the place from which humans spread across the globe.   But there appeared to have been a reverse migration in which farmers from the Near East and the ancient kingdoms of what is now Turkey and Iraq flooded back into the Horn of Africa, thousands of years... (Full Story)
Former President Carter's Home-building Trip to Nepal Cancelled
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Citing civil unrest, a humanitarian group on Thursday canceled a home-building trip next month to Nepal that was to have included former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity International scrapped the trip scheduled for November 1-6, called the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, in the South Asian nation's Chitwan District. "Nepal has been experiencing civil unrest due to the country's recent announcement of its new... (Full Story)
Celebrity Chef Paul Prudhomme, King of Cajun Cooking, Dies at 75
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Celebrated Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme, who helped popularize Cajun and Creole cuisine like jambalaya, blackened redfish and gumbo in the United States and worldwide, has died at age 75, a representative from his New Orleans restaurant said on Thursday. Prudhomme, known for his soft white hat, salt-and-pepper beard and Cajun accent, was a television mainstay who also launched a successful line of spices, sauces and smoked meats and authored cookbooks. He died after a brief illness,... (Full Story)
Report: Markets Expand in N. Korea Despite Crackdown
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Markets in North Korea have expanded in most cities over the past 10 years, a possible indication that authorities are losing their grip on the country's economy, a new report by a U.S. think tank says. As the communist country's centralized economy and food distribution system have become increasingly dismantled since the great famine of the late 1990s, markets in various forms and sizes have sprung up across the country. Markets first served as a rare means of getting food,... (Full Story)
War Crimes in 2008 Russia-Georgia Conflict Probed
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) said Thursday that its prosecutor has called for an inquiry into allegations of war crimes committed during the Russia-Georgia conflict in 2008. A three-member pre-trial chamber of the court is expected to review the notification from Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of her intention “to submit a request to a Pre-Trial Chamber for authorization to open an investigation into the situation in Georgia,” the ICC said in a statement. “There is a... (Full Story)
'Harry Potter' E-books Come to Life in New Apple Edition
Thursday, October 8, 2015
You don't need to be a wizard to see the "Harry Potter" books come to life. The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices. More than half of the illustrations are animated or interactive, with such touches as a golden snitch from Quidditch matches flying away as you tap it on the screen. Series creator J.K. Rowling also goes deeper into some of the characters and story lines with a handful of pop-up... (Full Story)
Atlas Rocket Blasts off With US Spy Satellite
Thursday, October 8, 2015
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday to put a classified spy satellite and 13 tiny experimental spacecraft into orbit for the U.S. government. The rocket, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, lifted off from a seaside launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 8:49 a.m. EST, a live ULA webcast showed. The rocket’s primary cargo, owned by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), was not disclosed. But the... (Full Story)
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